I have come to appreciate the profound role women played in telling the story of redemption through the Old and New Testaments. This story has profound significance in defining sin and forgiveness.
Today I look at Luke 7 as Jesus visits the home of a Pharisee. A Pharisee is one Jew who carefully obeys the Law and the traditions of their sect. A Pharisee invites Jesus for lunch and Jesus accepts the invitation. They are sitting at table and a woman of the city was allowed in. She moves to Jesus, weeps & wipes his feet with her tears, kisses his feet and anoints them with ointment.
She’s noted in the passage as a “sinner.”
She’s noted as a sinner? How do Pharisees refer to and view themselves? Righteous? and with few or no sins? Either way, they are blind. The system the Pharisees built was created on false premises. Man can keep rules perfectly but his heart is still wicked. They built a system of rules. They kept the rules and they were righteous in their own eyes. They projected that righteous image on all of society.
This woman kept no rules. She presented herself and wept over her sin and saw Jesus’ righteousness. She knew she was a sinner and repented of her sin.
After telling a story to the table, Jesus turns to the woman & describes the humility, grace, love and deference she has shown Him. She loved Him much because her sins were forgiven. Her love is a response to the reality of forgiveness.
Jesus boldly declares that the woman’s sins are forgiven! Jews knew no man can forgive sins. Only God can! Jesus said to the woman, “your faith has saved you! Your sins are forgiven. Go in peace!”
P e a c e —the whole world seeks peace and Jesus is the only way to find it! He satisfies the deepest needs & longings of the heart. Peace is one of those needs. With it you rest, trust & lay back on him!
This woman of the city left graced and free. She found peace that day. If you come to gentle Jesus, He forgives sin and graces you with peace–a peace that stays near.
Jesus did not go to the home to dine with the Pharisee and his family, not even his disciples who accompanied him. Jesus went to the Pharisee’s home for this woman. Jesus will step into darkness and face evil for his own. He truly knows and goes after his sheep. He came after me! I am so glad he did. I humbly say “I am his!”